Rawlings, give us a break

Rawlings (coloured) with Kufuor (background)

Rawlings (front) with Kufuor (background)

After almost 19 years in political power – a mixture of brutal military and democratic rule – Ex-president J.J. Rawlings of Ghana is still not tired with politics. One may expect him to quietly remain in retirement and give tips and wise counsels to his ally and now president John Atta-Mills in the background. But the man is still ranting and putting all sort of unnecessary pressures on the new president.
Today he holds a press conference pushing the head of the less-than-a-month-old government to sack officials of the previous government then tomorrow he comes back again calling for heads to roll at the top hierarchy of the security. With his experience as a former president who is a friend to the likes of Bill Clinton (former US president) among others, one expects him to speak with decorum and lead as a statesman. Can’t he observe how other former presidents are living as TRUE STATEMEN?

Today, he was in the news again calling for the immediate dismissal of security chiefs appointed by the erstwhile Kufuor administration. According to him, the existence of the IGP Patrick Acheampong and the Chief of Defense Staff of the army, Major General JB Danquah does not augur well for the new administration.

Speaking to an Accra-based radio station Joy FM, Rawlings said it was risky to leave those commanders at post when the soldiers and officers have lost faith in them. “It seems as if Kufuor is the only person who’s been removed but the oppressive machinery is still intact,” he lamented.

Rawlings insisted some of those security chiefs deserved to be “arrested, suspended interdicted or at least be made to proceed on leave” but failed to identify them, nor the crimes for which they have to be prosecuted for.

He alleged some of the Commanders are prosecuting people perceived to be sympathizers of the NDC and called on President Mills to act fast. He chided the Mills transition team for being too “gentlemanly” in dealing with appointees of the Kufuor administration, saying, “we are dealing with a government that misconducted itself.”

He said the vigilance of the masses is being dissipated as a result of the delay.

Well, well, well long before Atta-Mills came into power; political pundits have constantly argued that if he wins the presidency Rawlings will actually be the president in disguise. They said Atta-Mills can NEVER be his own man. Is Rawlings making those ugly noises just because he is not getting the room to push Atta-Mills around or it’s just a political gimmick to make us believe Atta-Mills is firmly in control? Four years is just around the corner.

Photo: Ghanaweb


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